Our curriculum is based around the National Curriculum 2014.


The national curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by primary and secondary schools so children learn the same things. It covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in each subject.

Follow this link to the Department of Education website.

Please use the links below to find out what our children will be taught.


Our Curriculum

Excellence in teaching and learning is at the heart of our school. We offer an exciting and creative curriculum which inspires and motivates the children to achieve their full potential. Recognising that all children are unique and individual, we provide a bespoke curriculum to meet their needs, whilst also ensuring that all children master the essential skills in English and Maths.

Our curriculum is designed to give all children a desire to learn and enquire, through first-hand experience.  Staff are enthusiastic and knowledgeable and build positive relationships with pupils, ensuring all children succeed.  We work closely with families and our community, and offer a relevant and challenging curriculum. North Yorkshire is a beautiful part of the world which we utilise and celebrate within our curriculum planning. We enrich children’s learning with visits and experiences beyond the classroom. Also we regularly invite visitors into school, from the wider community to work alongside the children.

We embed Social, Moral, Spiritual, Cultural and Christian values so that pupils become confident and responsible citizens.  We promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We also foster a culture of positivity and well-being.  The curriculum allows our pupils the opportunity to become articulate, respectful and confident communicators.

Reading is at the heart of all we do.  Throughout school, both children and staff have high expectations of what can be achieved.  Pupils pride themselves in the quality of their work and strive to improve through self-evaluation and focused feedback.

Children have the opportunity to broaden their experiences in both physical and creative activities. We have a good sporting tradition and the children enjoy playing a range of sports and taking part in local and county-level events.  Our provision for music is also very good and the quality of singing is extremely impressive.

We are very proud of our Hipswell curriculum

Year Group Autumn Spring Summer Year Group Autumn Spring Summer
Year 1 Land Ahoy Time Machine Horrible Histories Year 2 Time Machine Land Ahoy



Year Group Autumn Spring Summer Year Group Autumn Spring Summer
Year 3 Vicious Vikings We Will Rock You Poles Apart Year 4 Children At War Mad and Marvellous



Year Group   Spring Summer Year Group Autumn Spring Summer
Year 5 Eco-Army Ancient Greeks Final Frontier Year 6 Behind Enemy Lines Drink of the Gods Riotous Romans Catterick
Art and Design

We provide a high-quality art and design curriculum which engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. 

In Key Stage 1, pupils are taught to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products, developing a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.

In Key Stage 2, pupils improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials and learn about great artists, architects and designers in history.

British Values


The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. At Hipswell Church of England Primary School, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:


Each year the children decide upon their whole school aims and values as well as their own class rules and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the school rules.

We have a School Council which meets regularly with the Headteacher to discuss issues and to represent the pupils, working alongside the staff and Governors to further improve the school.

The council has its own budget and is genuinely able to effect change

within the school. Every child on the student council is voted in by their class.

Children are frequently consulted by the Council Members and are therefore able to put forward their views about the school.

The Collective Worship Team meets weekly with the Headteacher to evaluate the impact of assemblies.

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Hipswell Church of England Primary School.

Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school.

Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty

At Hipswell Church of England Primary School, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are

encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-safety and PSHE lessons.

Mutual Respect

Jesus taught us that mutual respect is a very important Christian value.

Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Hipswell Church of England Primary School is a diverse school. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures. Acts of Collective Worship, Religious Education lessons and PSHE lessons reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. The children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.

Agreed Date: March 2020

Review Date: March 2022


Design and Technology

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in a process of designing, making and evaluating. Pupils select from a variety of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks, developing their technical knowledge. Pupils are also given opportunities to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating


At Hipswell C of E Primary School, we strive for excellence in English achievement because literacy and communication are key life skills. Through the English curriculum, we help children develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to express themselves effectively and creatively through spoken and written language. Pupils are given opportunities to develop their knowledge, understanding and use of spoken and written English within an exciting, cross-curricular curriculum. We want children to develop a love of reading, appreciating literature and its rich variety.

Speaking and Listening

We plan a range of activities to promote confidence, clarity and fluency over a variety of purposes.  Children are taught to communicate effectively, listen to and appreciate the opinions of others and articulate ideas and thoughts clearly through a range of activities such as re-telling stories and describing events, observations and experiences.

Spelling and Phonics

In Key Stage 1, pupils develop their ability to spell, read and write through daily phonics lessons and this is further developed and extended in Key Stage 2.


The provision for the development of reading skills ensures that pupils develop positive attitudes towards reading so that it is a pleasurable and meaningful activity. Pupils use reading skills as an integral part of learning throughout the curriculum and read and respond to a variety of texts whilst gaining increased level of fluency, accuracy, independence and understanding.


Teachers promote writing and look for ways to inspire and motivate pupils so that they see themselves as ‘writers’. The writing process breaks down into a number of steps that are taught and practised regularly: planning, drafting and writing; evaluating and editing; proof-reading; reading aloud and sharing.

Grammar and Punctuation

Children are taught grammar and punctuation in line with the requirements of the National Curriculum. Discrete lessons are taught and skills are practised through writing lessons.


As soon as the children are ready, they are taught to sit properly in order to have the correct posture for writing, hold a pencil in the correct tripod grip and develop a legible and joined handwriting style. Throughout school, the cursive style is adopted, writing from the line.


At Hipswell Church of England Primary School we provide a high-quality geography education which inspires in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

Geography is taught as part of the Hipswell curriculum. Skills and knowledge are taught through creatively planned topics where objectives, wherever possible, are linked to other curriculum areas. Geography is also taught as a discrete subject.

Through this approach, children understand that geography is the study of how people and places interact with human and physical influences, to create the environment we and future generations live in.


In Key Stage 2, we encourage pupils to develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They develop an understanding of basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness.

In Key Stage 1, pupils extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. This includes the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features.

Pupils are taught knowledge about locations and places and about human and physical geography. Geographical skills such as the use of maps, atlases and aerial photographs are also developed.


The History curriculum at Hipswell ensures pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It inspires pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Pupils develop confidence to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.

History is taught as part of the Hipswell curriculum. Skills and knowledge are taught through creatively planned topics where objectives, wherever possible, are linked to other curriculum areas. Whilst History is taught as a discrete subject, we also aim to make history a living subject, in which our children can begin to build up a picture of the past, relate it to their own experiences and arouse a life-long curiosity of the past. As children progress through the different key stages at Hipswell, they will become aware of various historical events that have affected today’s society and become secure with using historical vocabulary and terminology to express this understanding.

Through this approach, children understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

In Foundation Stage, history is essentially encompassed through ‘Understanding of the World’. Through termly child-centred themed topics such as ‘Getting to Know Me’, ‘Keep Me Posted’, ‘Spring has Sprung’, ‘Oh, I do like to be Beside the Seaside’; the children are given the opportunity to learn about past and present events in their own lives and those of their families and other people they may know. Imaginative play allows children to begin and develop an understanding of history, develop their own identity and become aware of similarities and differences in both appearance and cultural routines. Teachers encourage children to explore, question and develop curiosity about the history and significance around them – as a developing ‘historian’, these skills are fundamental.  

In Key Stage 1, pupils are taught about changes within living memory and events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally such as the Great Fire of London. Pupils are taught about the lives of significant individuals in the past such as Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus who have contributed to national and international achievements. They also learn about significant historical events, people and places in their own locality such as Captain Cook.

Hipswell Key Stage 1 learners:

  • Develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time.
  • Know where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.
  • Use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms.
  • Ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories, pictures and other sources to show what they know and understand key features of events.
  • Understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.

In Key Stage 2, pupils continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge. The pupils also use evidence to complete historical enquiries to develop their understanding of history, making connections and comparisons wherever possible. The pupils further develop their chronological understanding and historical skills through studying the following historical periods: The Stone Age, The Egyptians, The Mayan civilisation, The Ancient Greeks, The Romans, The Vikings, The Second World War and The Development of Catterick Garrison.

Hipswell KS2 learners:

  • Establish clear narratives within and across the periods they study.
  • Note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms.
  • Regularly address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance.
  • Construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information.
  • Understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a wide range of sources.

At Hipswell, we recognise that the history curriculum contributes to the wider aims of the primary education. Teachers endeavour to maximise links between the subjects in order to make history an interesting and exciting subject to study.


Computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Our computing curriculum ensures our pupils become digitally literate so that they have the necessary skills for a constantly changing world. Pupils are taught to develop their programming skills and to use information and communication technology to express themselves and develop their ideas.

The pupils have access to iPads and the computer suite.

In Key Stage 1, pupils are taught to:

  • understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
  • create and debug simple programs
  • use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
  • use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
  • recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
  • use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.

In Key Stage 2, pupils are taught to:

  • design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts
  • use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output
  • use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs
  • understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content
  • select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information
  • use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.

Mathematics helps children to make sense of the world around them, through developing their ability to calculate, to reason, and solve problems. Children are taught the relationships between the different areas within Mathematics, that in turn, enables them to understand and appreciate relationships and patterns in both number and space in everyday lives. We aim to make mathematics exciting, relevant and fun! 

In Key Stages 1 and 2 pupils are taught the programmes of study from the National Curriculum for mathematics which are set out year-by-year. Through practical work and discussion, pupils complete work on number, calculations, place value, fractions, shape, measurement and statistics with increasing challenge as they move up the school.

Our aim is for pupils to have appositive attitude towards maths so that they become confident learners. We also aim for pupils to develop the correct use of mathematical language when discussing their work. Pupils experience high quality daily maths lessons which supports them to become fluent mathematicians with good reasoning and problem-solving skills.


Modern Foreign Languages

Pupils in Key Stage 2 develop an appreciation and understanding of the French language. We develop their vocabulary, language and communication skills. We ensure that pupils have opportunities to speak with increasing confidence and fluency and to write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences.


Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. Our high quality music education engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.

In Key stage 1, pupils are taught to: use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes; play tuned and un-tuned instruments musically; listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music; and experiment with, create, select and combine sounds.

In Key stage 2, pupils are taught to: sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control;  develop an understanding of musical composition; play and perform, using their voices and playing musical instruments; improvise and compose music; use and understand staff and other musical notations; appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians; and develop an understanding of the history of music.

Hipswell Church of England Primary School has a tradition for good musical provision. Music plays an important role in the wider life of the school in daily assemblies, church services and school productions and performances.

Personal ,Social, Health, & Citizenship Education (PSHCE)

Is taught across the school. It encourages children to become healthy, independent and responsible
members of society.

The children are given the knowledge, skills and understanding to:

  • Develop confidence and responsibility and to make the most of their abilities
  • Develop a healthy and safe lifestyle
  • Develop good relationships and respect the differences and similarities between people
  • Develop a sound understanding of risk
  • Develop the skills necessary to make informed decisions

We develop these themes sensitively and care is taken to introduce sometimes difficult subject matter
in a way that creates a positive mental attitude within each child.

Sex and relationships is also a part of the teaching programme. Structured teaching takes place in
upper Key Stage 2 and lessons involve the school nurse.

Physical Education

The Hipswell physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. PE at Hipswell provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. There are also opportunities for pupils to compete in sport and other activities which builds character and helps to embed key values such as respect, determination, teamwork, honesty fairness and self-belief.

Through our high-quality physical education curriculum, pupils; develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities; are physically active for sustained periods of time; engage in competitive sports and activities; and are taught how to lead healthy, active lives.

(We aim to educate all pupils about the importance of a healthy lifestyle, physical fitness and personal wellbeing.)

In Key stage 1 Pupils should develop fundamental movement skills; running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination. They participate in team games and perform dances using simple movement patterns.

In Key Stage 2 pupils continue to apply and develop a broad range of skills. Pupils are taught to use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination. They play competitive games and develop their skills in dance and gymnastics and though outdoor and adventurous activities. Key Stage 2 pupils also develop their swimming skills at Catterick Leisure Centre.


Key Achievements 2017-2018:

1. The quality of Teaching, learning and Assessment for PE is at least Good.
2. The leadership of PE is judged to be at least GOOD.
3. Hipswell School has continued to build on the success of attending and organising Level 1 and 2 competitions
4. Hipswell School has increased considerably the percentage of pupils engaged in extra-curricular sporting activities each week
from 22% in 2016-2017 to 53% in 2017-2018.
5. Hipswell School has contributed to pupil’s good health and fitness and their enjoyment of Physical Activities.
6. Hipswell School has promoted the school games to parents via the school’s Facebook page, including match reports and
competition results.
7. Hipswell School has increased the percentage of students in leading, managing and officiating Games from 10% in 2014-
2015 to 20% in 2017-2018.
8. Through strong PE leadership and highly effective training, we have further increased teachers’ confidence, expertise and
technical knowledge in the teaching of PE.
9. Hipswell School has provided a wide range of successful extra-curricular activities.
10. Hipswell School is on course to increase the proportion of pupils attaining expected age-related expectations in PE
from their starting points.

 Present Attainment-78% of the children to attain the expected level and/or above
 Present Attainment-20% to attain GD within the expected level
 To increase the proportion of pupils making at least expected progress in PE

11. Hipswell School has 92% of the Year 6 cohort from July 2017 who can swim at least 25 metres.
Areas for further improvement and baseline evidence of need:

1. To ensure that all 100% of the Year 6 cohort can swim at least 25 metres at the end of 2017-2018.
2. To revise the calendar of swimming lessons for KS2 pupils for 2018-2019 to ensure Year 6 have the opportunity to meet
the expected standard in swimming.
3. To increase the proportion of pupils attaining expected age related expectations in PE from their starting points. (78%?)
4. To continue to provide a high quality and a wide range of extra-curricular sporting activities.
5. To further consolidate the good quality of teaching of PE across the whole school.
6. To consider introducing a whole school daily physical activity

Religious Education

Religious Education explores big questions about life, in order to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can make sense of religion and worldviews, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living. Hipswell Church of England Primary School follows the agreed RE syllabus for North Yorkshire and uses the recommended Understanding Christianity resource from the Diocese of Leeds. The curriculum for RE aims to ensure that all pupils know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews, including the Christian faith.

The purpose of RE

Religious Education contributes dynamically to children and young people’s education in schools by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.

  • In RE pupils learn about and from religions and worldviews in local, national and global contexts, to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions.
  • Pupils learn to weigh up the value of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response, and to agree or disagree respectfully.
  • Teaching therefore should equip pupils with systematic knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews, enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identities.
  • It should develop in pupils an aptitude for dialogue, so that they can participate positively in society, with its diverse religions and worldviews.
  • Pupils should gain and deploy the skills needed to understand, interpret and evaluate texts, sources of wisdom and authority and other evidence. They should learn to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ.

At Hipswell Church of England Primary School, we deliver a high-quality science education for all which provides the foundations for understanding the world. Pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. We aim to develop a sense a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.

Through our application of scientific skills and types of enquiry – observing over time, pattern seeking, identifying, classifying and grouping, comparative and fair testing, research using secondary sources – pupils are taught how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. They are encouraged to question, hypothesise and explore the topics in the National Curriculum, and the world around them, through practical investigations and research.

Science topics in Key Stage 1:

Year 1: Plants, Animals including Humans, Everyday Materials, Seasonal Changes

Year 2: Animals including Humans, Living Things and their Habitats, Uses of Everyday Materials, Plants

Science Topics in Key Stage 2:

Year 3: Plants, Rocks, Light, Living Things and their Habitats, Forces and Magnets

Year 4: Sound, Electricity, Animals including Humans, States of Matter

Year 5: Living Things and their Habitats, Earth and Space, Forces, Animals including Humans

Year 6: Electricity, Light, Properties of Materials, Living Things and their Habitats, Evolution and Inheritance


The EYFS Curriculum is provided to our children in the Reception class.
Prime Areas of Learning:
° Communication, Language and Literacy
° Physical Development
° Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Specific Areas of Learning:
° Literacy
° Mathematics
° Understanding the World
° Expressive Arts & Design

Teaching and learning is carefully planned in all these key areas. The curriculum is organised to be practical and engaging and takes place within a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Learning through play has a high priority.